The time frame between 1961- 1989 was a crucial period in time for Berlin Germany; this was known as the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall. A border was divided in Germany in the remains of World War Two and although it was only a line declaring it as East or West Germany, when the Berlin Wall was built it would seem as if the people were worlds apart. Socialism was controlled in the east by the soviets while a new democracy was being established in the west. In the documentary film “The Wall: A World Divided,” shows a very clear visual of the separation of Germany and it’s large impact on the lives of both Eastern and Western Germans causing disruption to all Germany’s people which I will further analyze in the proceeding paragraphs. Looking back through this tragic window of time brings up many important discussion questions; what were their motives for this wall and in what ways did it especially affect the citizens trapped within?

After the declaration of Socialism in East Germany, many people fled to the West and for those who did it so soon, they were very grateful for have doing so at that time, seeing that soon it would be nearly impossible. The Soviets were worried about their economy seeing little hope in managing it and their loss of population. They saw the wall as their only solution, which they knew they would have little support leading them to build the wall overnight.

People were trapped, literally. There was no warning of this coming and East Berliners were unsure of how to act. The people were frightened and much was lost; many feared the sense of dictator ship and the loss of freedom, while others were separated from their families and were desperate to be reunited. Some were so desperate that those how lived in the apartments among the wall were jumping out of their windows from three stories high just to escape (8:30). Watching person after person risk their lives by jumping reminded me of people trying to escape a building of fire, trying to escape death.

As time proceeded attempts to leave became common and more frequent which only amplified the security and the walls. I was shocked to see how the soviet government was treating their own people as prisoners. When they shot 19 year old Peter in his attempt to run away and then watching him slowly bleed to death disgusted me. After Berliners received the news of Peters death, this message spread far and wide which I believed was the first major wake up call for everyone creating a global impact. The United States was the first to confront the Soviets about the conditions of their people within the boarders; they were in danger and it was imperative for the wall to come down immediately. This brought people together; 73,000 people showed up to rally in the streets and were marching for their freedom (43:25). Overall this is what persuaded officials that it was finally time to bring the wall down. In many ways it had torn people apart, but the beauty in the disaster was watching the people come together and form a revolution, fighting for what they wanted most. The story of the Berlin Wall is an amazing story because it teaches future generations to learn from the history and mistakes of others. Although I fear a government holds so much power, I’m still inspired by the power that the people demonstrated just by standing together.

LINDSAY CRAWFORD- 613 Word count.

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